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Old 11-30-2009, 10:06 PM
 
Location: The Mango Tree
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Occasionally, I'll take a nap in the afternoon. However, whenever I wake up in the evening, I find myself in this strange, urgent mood.

It's a mixture of depressed, disorientated, calm panic/anxiety, and a general sense of being lost and confused with my lost. I also feel like I missed out on something or I'm wasting my life away because I took a nap. A sense of urgency also encompasses me, although I'm not quite sure for what.

Am I the only one like this? I try to avoid naps because of the aftereffects. The feelings and moods that happen afterwards are very out of character for me, and usually go away the next day after a night's sleep.

No, I'm not depressed, suicidal, or experiencing any trauma, and no, I haven't dealt with any of that in the past.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:08 PM
 
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I never take naps because I hate the thought of missing any part of life...life was not always this way but I was very ill several years ago and my entire life changed.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:10 PM
 
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well it sounds like something similar to what i would have after waking up from a sleep with a panic attack...nothing in the sleep would make me panic, but when i would wake up at that point id feel a bad panic attack coming on ...and some of those lost, out of the body type feelings would occur.

similar?
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: The Mango Tree
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well it sounds like something similar to what i would have after waking up from a sleep with a panic attack...nothing in the sleep would make me panic, but when i would wake up at that point id feel a bad panic attack coming on ...and some of those lost, out of the body type feelings would occur.

similar?
I don't think it's a panic attack because the feelings are much more mellower if that makes any sense.

It's as if I'm in this dull, disorientated state in which I feel very out of touch with myself and life.

It's so weird! I hate feeling like that, especially because it's so foreign to me.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Too far from the beach, NJ
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I don't think it's a panic attack because the feelings are much more mellower if that makes any sense.

It's as if I'm in this dull, disorientated state in which I feel very out of touch with myself and life.

It's so weird! I hate feeling like that, especially because it's so foreign to me.
I know exactly how you feel; this happens to me, too. It's not just during the day, but also if I nod off while watching a program in the evening. I wake up with this empty feeling but I can't put my finger on what is wrong, and I am also in a "dull, disoriented state." This doesn't veer into full-fledged panic attack territory for me, but leaves me feeling not-quite-right for the remainder of the evening. I have once woken up from such a nap and burst into tears, but had no idea why. For these reasons, I try not to succumb to sleepiness until I'm ready to go to bed, because this does not happen when I awake from regular sleep.

I wonder if many others experience this!
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Occasionally, I'll take a nap in the afternoon. However, whenever I wake up in the evening, I find myself in this strange, urgent mood.

It's a mixture of depressed, disorientated, calm panic/anxiety, and a general sense of being lost and confused with my lost. I also feel like I missed out on something or I'm wasting my life away because I took a nap. A sense of urgency also encompasses me, although I'm not quite sure for what.

Am I the only one like this? I try to avoid naps because of the aftereffects. The feelings and moods that happen afterwards are very out of character for me, and usually go away the next day after a night's sleep.

No, I'm not depressed, suicidal, or experiencing any trauma, and no, I haven't dealt with any of that in the past.
Not sure, but I think you are throwing off your circadium rhythms somehow when you nap and wake up in the "evening" when the daylight is all gone. Do some reading on that, maybe it will explain these symptoms to you scientifically so that you might not want to nap like this anymore
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Houston/Heights
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I like me a little afternoon nap--I feel right as rain after. ready to face the rest of my day. (Which seems to never end.)
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I don't think it's a panic attack because the feelings are much more mellower if that makes any sense.

It's as if I'm in this dull, disorientated state in which I feel very out of touch with myself and life.

It's so weird! I hate feeling like that, especially because it's so foreign to me.
I do that and I call it groggy
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I never take naps because I hate the thought of missing any part of life...life was not always this way but I was very ill several years ago and my entire life changed.

Interesting, Mrstewart. I fight going to sleep at night for the same reason. I wonder if it started when I was very ill and not expected to live. Naps I can handle, because they don't last long, and I seldom fall into a deep sleep.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:14 AM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Hey if something Isn't working you need to make changes. GL.
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